A streamlined approach to improving security in your remote space

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Increasing data privacy regulations such as the Health Insurance Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS), the Security Management Law of Federal Information (FIMSA) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are driving the need for stricter cybersecurity measures, including access control to cabinets where servers and switches reside.

Cabinet security is the first line of defense in data center security and data protection policies, but what has worked in the past no longer meets the challenges of the future.

Consequence: re-evaluation of cybersecurity processes and controls

When re-evaluating cybersecurity processes and controls, information technology (IT) teams should consider the following:

  1. Does IT have security measures to control physical access to confidential data?
    • The access control solution must be easy to manage remotely.
    • Multiple layers of security, including double-factor biometric authentication, since employee cards or passwords can be stolen and used by unauthorized users.
  2. Can IT monitor who accesses the data physically and remotely?
    • The access control solution must monitor the conditions of the turn handle and the door.
    • The access control solution must alert in real time when a door is open.
    • The access control solution must record and report each access attempt
  3. Does IT need to have an audit trail that shows who accessed and when they accessed confidential data?
    • At a minimum, the access control solution should keep records of access attempts, but ideally pair with the data entry infrastructure management software (DCIM) to obtain more detailed information to run reports and identify trends.

A simplified approach for immediate security in remote spaces

Emerging trends lead to security integration with the intelligent energy distribution space, providing a simple and effective solution for the control of physical access, energy use and environmental monitoring.

The implementation of a system also eliminates the need for a separate power supply or network for electronic locks.

This integrated approach provides a unique view and ability to manage power at each point of sale and cabinet, monitor the status of environmental conditions and control every attempt to access the cabinet with an audit trail report that can be easily retrieved through an easy-to-use web interface: a documentation requirement for the key privacy regulations listed above (HIPAA, PCI-DSS, FIMSA and GDPR).